Devan E.

Senior - Anthropology and Political Science
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Study Abroad Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

Interests: Reading, tennis, politics, Netflix

Extra Curricular Activities: Senior VP of Undergraduate Anthropology Society (UAS) 2018-2019, UAS member

Red or Green? green

"If you stand for nothing Burr, what'll you fall for?"
— "Aaron Burr, Sir" from the musical Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda

Favorite Class: Human Evolution, UHON 121: Democracy and Dissent, UHON 302: Sex and Gender in Pop Culture

Favorite Bands: Paramore

Why Scotland?
I’ve always has an interest in UK history and Scotland’s rich history is one I hope to explore in particular.

What is the most important thing you’re taking aboard and why?
Practically speaking, a universal adapter because all my power cords will be different. I also want to bring a copy of my favorite book to read as a source of comfort.

What are you looking forward to most about studying abroad?
Pretty much everything.

If you could go back to and give your freshman self some advice, what would that be?
Don’t be afraid to try new things and leave your comfort zone.

Meet Devan E.

All the Food! A Scottish Sampler

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This week’s post will cover some Scottish staples. There’s a lot of Scottish culinary delights to try, here are some of the ones I’ve tried so far. Shortbread: Scottish shortbread is a must-try. It’s eaten for dessert or with tea. It is essentially a thick cookie with a buttery, yet not too sweet taste. These […]

Just Do It! An Interview with Viktoria

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This month, I interviewed a fellow exchange student, Viktoria, from Kiel, Germany. Viktoria, 22, is an art history student who attends the University of Kiel. Her favorite things include: hummus, coffee, her Macbook, her phone, and good books. She lists New York, Nice, Dublin, Italy, and St. Petersburg as some of her favorite places she […]

The Braemar Gathering

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My breath clouds the air around me as we step off the bus and enter the heart of Braemar. The rolling highlands surround us and the rumble of drums and bagpipes greet us. The air is full of anticipation. On a Saturday, a group of students and I attended the Braemar Gathering, one of the […]

My First Week in Aberdeen: “Ahin aa ower the back!”

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Walking off the plane, as I was greeted with fresh air for the first time in 28 hours, a brisk chill struck me. It wasn’t terrible, but jarring because when I left Albuquerque it was in the 90’s. As the excitement of finally arriving kicked in, however, it no longer felt cold. Every night I […]

Climbing Mt. Everest a.k.a the Mountain of Clothes on My Bed

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Just when I think I have a handle on my packing game, another set of clothes that I feel I might need pops up and gets added to the pile. The pile that started out a small mound has turned into a sumit worthy of the Himalayas. I need to re-evaluate my strategy. Thankfully, the […]